The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Eric Chorley

Eric participated in 53 productions at the Barn.

Born in Bromley and having been evacuated during the war and then completing his National Service in the RAF, Eric played in professional repertory theatre for 10 years, and then became a teacher of English and drama. He first played here in 1971 in The Flip Side, cemented his place in the Barn hierarchy as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman in 1978, and followed in succeeding years with Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, the hedonistic Bishop of Southwark in Racing Demon, and many more strong and memorable performances until his last in Blue Stockings in 2014.

His knowledgeable directing was fuelled by his early experience in professional rep theatre. He tackled a wide range of scripts for the Barn, starting with the then controversial A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in 1975, and among others Loot, Forget-Me-Not-Lane, Cider with Rosie and his last effort Funny Money in 2013. As a director he understood the demands of the mechanics of farce more than most, as demonstrated in Run for Your Wife in 1993 and several others.

In 1979 he devised a history of the Barn in music and sketches called Hippo on the Doorstep.

At the Minack for Jan Palmer Sayer’s production for Hertfordshire Players of The Madness of George III, described by the local press in Cornwall as ‘one of the Minack’s all-time greats’ he played the mad monarch. He also played for The Company of Players, Hertford, and HD&OS. We had seen little of him in the last couple of years. On the artistic side of the Club’s affairs he was a major contributor for 50 years and had been Artistic Director and a Council Member in the 1970s. Almost all of his efforts were in the upper echelon of the Club’s achievements.

We offer our condolences to Tina and his family. His input to our programmes was significant, and his company always worthwhile. We will miss him, and remember him.

Keith Thompson
Keith Thompson



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